Product of Eugene Apprenticeship Program 

A partnership between Lane Arts Council and the University of Oregon Department of Product Design. 

This program offers Lane County middle school and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on graphic, digital, and physical design. Students will pair with an instructor or alumni of the Department of Product Design, utilizing the technology available at the 942 Olive Building in Downtown Eugene. Students will work with their mentors to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs two to three middle school or high school students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 hours  to provide a well-rounded and informative apprenticeship.
  • Supports students in creating a hands on component/project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces students to business aspects of artistic careers including marketing and finances.
  • Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community art talks.

Professional artists, educators, and arts education organizations are helping students who are considering a career in product design. Whether or not these students do pursue artistic careers, this experience aims to help them cultivate “world of work” skills that they will use throughout their lives in any professional field.

Product Design mentors for Fall Term include Siobhan Mead, Trygve Faste, Gordon Fleenor, Esther Hagenlocher, Kristopher Schaefer, and Jessica Swanson.

Apply for the Product of Eugene Apprenticeship program TODAY!

¡Solicite el Programa de Aprendizaje de Producto de Eugene HOY!

Lane Arts Council’s Arts Apprenticeship Program 2016-2017 is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Images below are from apprenticeship showcases from the past two years. We are excited to see what this year’s students create!